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X

We need our own birds. Even Germany and Turkey have their own.

Tim Hirst

Why, with so much commercial imagery on the market why would HMG pay for a fleet of satellites?

Duker

For imaging it doesnt seem that ‘ launching an operating your own set of satellites’ is the way forward. The Germans older set had been launched from Plesetsk…
https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2016/03/airbus-defence-and-space-will-operate-german-military-satellite-system-for-the-next-7-years.html

X

One example is a trend? Secrecy and control is all. There are other matters that need to be considered.

Duker

UK and Germany . I would have thought commercial satellite operators are a big part of the major nations militarys for both imagery and communications these days. You can buy bandwidth on a commercial operator as the need arise or or many cases , the ever expanding need.

X

They are for all sorts of things. Airbus won’t be safe from the attentions of either the DGSE or BND.

You are confusing comms and recce.

Those are not the SARAh replacements for SAR-Lupe-x series.

Duker

The new UK Space Command ( under an RAF AVM) and its elements is worth looking into. I didnt realise there is equivalent to the intelligence ‘5 Eyes’ for Combined Space Operations but with 7 members, France and Germany added.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-space-command

Last edited 4 months ago by Duker
Geoff Crow

The Queen Elizabeth is clearly berthed alongside in this satellite pic, my question is, where is she?

X

In the picture? Porstmouth.

Geoff Crow

My bad- you can see the Victory and the Mary Rose exhibit on zooming in…. i was wondering is it was somewhere further East given current news? The number of times that I’ve banged my head on the orlop deck of the Victory, I should have realise!|
Cheers

X

Yes. There was a period I thought I had been drafted to her.

X

For a forum that bangs on about land attack missiles so much I was expecting more comments about this……… 🙂